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2009-07-24 08:28:27

A world-wide shortage of a crucial radioisotope threatens to set back the quality of medical care several decades, U.S. doctors said. Technetium-99m is used in more than 40,000 medical procedures in the United States each day. The isotope is key to tests for cancer, kidney function and cardiac disease. The two aging atomic reactors that provide most of the world's supply of the isotope are closed for repairs. A 51-year-old reactor in Ontario, Canada, has been idle since mid-May because of...

2009-06-15 07:00:00

New Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Fragile Medical Isotope Supply Chain OTTAWA, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a leading global provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals used in molecular medicine, today announced that the Company and the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry in Moscow, Russia, have agreed to study the feasibility of the Karpov Institute providing the Company with a viable and reliable supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) for the global nuclear...

2009-05-19 13:51:00

OTTAWA, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - MDS Nordion, a leading provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals, has received information from its primary supplier, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), regarding an interruption in the supply of medical isotopes, primarily molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) used in the manufacturing of technetium-99m generators. AECL has advised MDS Nordion that they anticipate the National Research Universal reactor (NRU) will remain out of service for more than...

2009-05-04 08:13:00

Exclusive distribution agreement in place with GE Healthcare NOIDA, India, May 4 /PRNewswire/ - Jubilant Organosys Ltd, headquartered in India, announced today that its subsidiary in the United States, DRAXIMAGE LLC has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for DRAXIMAGE(R)'s generic Sestamibi. The product is found to be bioequivalent and therapeutically equivalent to reference listed drug Cardiolite(R). DRAXIMAGE(R)...

2008-10-06 12:00:12

By Strauss, H William; Miller, D Douglas; Wittry, Mark D; Cerqueira, Manuel D; Garcia, Ernest V; Iskandrian, Abdulmassi S; Schelbert, Heinrich R; Wackers, Frans J; Balon, Helena R; Lang, Otto; Machac, Josef I. PURPOSE The purpose of this guideline is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of myocardial perfusion imaging studies. II. BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND DEFINITIONS Myocardial perfusion imaging uses an...

2008-10-05 03:00:08

By MacDonald, Anita Burrell, Steven Nuclear medicine is a diverse field with a large number of different studies spanning virtually all organ systems and medical specialties. Many nuclear medicine procedures are performed routinely; others may be performed only rarely, sometimes less than once per year. The infrequent nature of many studies makes it challenging to retain relevant knowledge and skills. This 2-part article provides a review of several infrequently performed studies. The...

2008-09-11 06:00:33

By Liz Szabo Thousands of patients in the USA may face delays in getting key medical tests because of a global shortage of radioactive tracers, which are used to perform bone scans and to assess blood flow to the heart, experts say. The radiotracer in short supply, Mo-99, is mostly used to observe blood flow to the heart and in bone scans that assess the spread of cancer, says Robert Atcher, president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Used in 80% of nuclear medicine procedures,...

2008-09-07 00:00:21

Hundreds of patients face delays to vital scans for cancer and other diseases due to a "severe shortage" of imaging chemicals, an expert has warned. A global shortage of medical isotopes used in scans of hearts, bones, kidneys and some cancers will cause delays and cancellations across the UK in the coming weeks. British hospitals are currently receiving less than 50% of expected supplies and rations are expected to drop even further, the experts warned. The isotopes are used in more...

2008-09-06 21:00:04

A global shortage of medical isotopes used in scans of hearts, bones, kidneys and some cancers will cause delays and cancellations across the UK in the coming weeks.British hospitals were receiving less than 50 per cent of expected supplies and rations were expected to drop even further, the experts warned.The isotopes are used in more than 80 per cent of routine diagnostic nuclear imaging procedures.Professor Alan Perkins, honorary secretary at the British Nuclear Medicine Society, said:...

2008-06-25 03:01:40

By Nayak, Tapan K Hathaway, Helen J; Ramesh, Chinnasamy; Arterburn, Jeffrey B; Dai, Donghai; Sklar, Larry A; Norenberg, Jeffrey P; Prossnitz, Eric R Breast and endometrial cancers are the most common invasive malignancies in women, with more than 217,000 new diagnoses per year in the United States. These cancers are often classified into 2 subtypes based on the expression of the classical estrogen receptor. In this study, we describe a new structural class of neutraf tridentate ^sup...